Govt cuts almost $2B out constitutional agencies budget requests

first_img… Audit Office, GECOM, procurement commission on chopping blockSixteen constitutional agencies submitted requests for monies out of the upcoming 2019 Budget, amounting to $13.2 billion. However, by the time the Finance Ministry was finished cutting them, only $11.4 billion remained from the sum.Among the agencies on the chopping block was the Audit Office of Guyana, which fulfils the vital purpose of oversight on Government spending. It requested $894.2 million, including $876.8 million for current expenditure and $17.3 million for capital spending.Instead, the Finance Ministry amended the total figure to $872 million. While it left the capital sum requested by the audit office intact, it reduced the current expenditure figure that would cater for operational expenses, to $854.6 million.In similar fashion, the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) had requested $276.7 million. This includes $22.2 million for capital funding and $254.4 million for current spending. But noting in the financial paper that the PPC got $62.1 million back in 2017 as supplementary funding, the Ministry cut almost $45 million from the current sum requested and $12.8 million from its capital request.The constitutional agencies budget estimates detail what these entities sought the monies to do. For instance, the PPC requested the capital allocation to buy a $9.4 million pick-up truck that, according to the Commission, would have been used by staff to carry out investigations and monitoring of procurement agencies throughout the 10 administrative regions.A sum of $8 million was also being sought by the PPC to acquire procurement monitoring software. The PPC, which notably did a report recently implicating Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in breaches of procurement law, wanted the software to facilitate electronic submission of information from procuring entities.Meanwhile, the Police and Public Service Commissions were not spared. The Commissions had sought $155.5 million, which included a current sum of $134.7 million and $20.8 million in capital funding. The Ministry left the current sum untouched, but then cut $9.2 million from the capital sum.The Commissions had sought the capital sum to purchase critical office supplies that included a photocopying machine, printers, a quantity of furniture and an off-road land cruiser worth $17 million that Commission said would have been used to transport Commission members and staff into Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Demerara-Mahaica), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to conduct their duties. GECOMThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also came under the big chop, with its request for a total of $6.3 billion being amended to $5.3 billion. Its current sum request of $5.3 billion was cut by $500 million, while the capital request of $975 billion was cut by almost the same amount.Under its capital estimates, a number of construction projects were on the agenda. This includes the construction of registration offices at Crane, Region Three ($25 million); Diamond, East Bank Demerara ($30 million); and Kamarang, Region Seven ($25 million). In each of these cases, GECOM was previously renting a building.Besides these and other construction projects across the country, GECOM also had plans for acquiring cameras, fingerprint readers and pads, computers, a $4.2 million satellite dish and carrying out upgrades to the hardware and software for the ID production systems, estimated to cost $315 million.Meanwhile, funding requests from the Supreme Court and the Parliament Office were also cut. In its comments when making these cuts, the Finance Ministry noted that “the recommended allocation takes into account the economic outlook for 2019 for revenue, expenditure, growth in the economy, consideration of the agency’s request within national development priorities and annualisation of salaries.”Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan was soundly criticised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for cuts to constitutional agency budgets. The parliamentary Opposition had argued that to deny these agencies part of their funding is to compromise their independence.Article 222 (A) of the Constitution of Guyana states; “In order to assure the independence of entities listed in the Third Schedule… (a) The expenditure of each of these entities shall be financed as a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, determined as a lump sum by way of an annual subvention approved by the National Assembly after review and approval of the entity’s annual budget as a part of the process of the determination of the national budget.”These entities are the Ethnic Relations Commission; the Human Rights Commission; the Women and Gender Equality Commission; the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission; the Rights and Child Commission; the Judiciary; and the Office of the Auditor General.Amendments were later brought to include the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judicial Service Commission, the Public Service Commission, the Police Service Commission, the Teaching Service Commission, the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, the Public Procurement Commission, Office of the Ombudsman and the Guyana Elections Commission in this list of entities.last_img read more

Teagasc students across Donegal pass with flying colours

first_imgTeagasc Donegal held a very successful certificate presentation evening.Both the Ballybofey and Letterkenny classes received their Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (better known as the ‘Green Cert’) on Friday night last in the Clanree Hotel.An enjoyable evening was had recognising the work of all involved over the last two and a half years. Courses are on-going for both the Part-time and Distance Education programmes and anyone interested can contact Teagasc Letterkenny on 074 9121555.Conor Maguire and James Keane, Teagasc presenting Carla McCool, Student of the Year (Ballybofey Class) with her prize at Teagasc Donegal Presentiation Evening where Both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Photo Clive WassonAt Teagasc Donegal Presentiation Evening where both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Pictured is the Letterkenny Class seated from left are Matthew Lecky, Richard Alcorn, Brendan McLaughlin, James Keane Teagasc, Barry Nelis (Student of the Year), Conor Maguire Teagasc, Aileen McCarron Teagasc, Michelle Harkin, James Cullen. Middle Row (L-R) Veronica Ryan Teagasc, Gavin Doherty Teagasc, Shane Gallagher, Damein Murry, Gary Boyce, Darren Crossan, Brendan Boyce, Eoin Boyce, Gary Fisher Teagasc, Kevin McMenamin Teagasc, Paddy Browne, Teagasc. Back Row (L-R)Michael Devlin, Gavin Browne, Michael Boyle, Raymond McGettigan, Neil O’Donnell, Donal Connolly, Joe McFadden, Tony Dixon. Photo Clive WassonAt Teagasc Donegal Presentiation Evening where both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Pictured are the Ballybofey Class Seated (L-R)Veronica Ryan Teagasc, Matthew Lecky, Brendan McLaughlin, James Keane, Carla McCool (Student of the Year), Paddy Browne Teagasc, Kevin McMenamin Teagasc, Aileen McCarron Teagasc, Gary Fisher, Teagasc. Middle Row L-R: Gavin Doherty Teagasc, Patrick O’Donnell, Keith McKinney, Andrew Gallagher, Peter Campbell, Niall Bryson, Paul Boyle, Thomas Leitch, Fergal Mullen, Linda Doherty, Conor Maguire, Teagasc. Back Row L-R: Jeffrey McKinney, Michael Campbell, Kevin Gallagher, Patrick McGlynn, Barry Farragher, Derek Meehan, James McGettigan. Photo Clive WassonCarla McCool, Student of the Year, Ballybofey Class at the Teagasc Donegal Presentiation Evening where both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Photo Clive WassonBarry Nelis, Student of the Year, Letterkenny Class at the Teagasc Donegal Presentiation Evening where both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Photo Clive WassonTeagasc Staff at the Teagasc Donegal Presentiation evening where both Ballybofey and Letterkenny Classes received ther Level 6 Certificates in Agriculture (Geeen Cert) on Friday nigth last in the Clanree Hotel. Front from left Paddy Browne, Veronica Ryan, James Keane, Donegal Sligo Leitrim Area Manager, Aileen McCarron, Gary Fisher. Back from left Conor Maguire, Kevin McMenamin, Gavin Doherty, Matthew Lecky, Brendan McLaughlin, Johann Downes. Photo Clive WassonTeagasc students across Donegal pass with flying colours was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:certificatesteagasclast_img read more

QPR v Middlesbrough: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgMiddlesbrough needed a 93rd-minute penalty to beat QPR in November.Kick-off: 7.45pm, Friday 1 April 2016Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)Match in a nutshell: Rangers, who have picked up 10 points in their last five matches, host a Middlesbrough side who will move second in the table if they avoid defeat.Five key battles: Including Nedum Onuoha v Stewart DowningInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Paul Konchesky (calf).MIDDLESBROUGHRuled out: Damia Abella (knee). Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hill, Angella, Perch; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Kpekawa, Hall, Tozser, Diakite, Gladwin, Luongo, Petrasso, El Khayati, Mackie, Washington.Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Nsue, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter; Adomah, Ramirez, Downing; Rhodes. Subs from: Agazzi, De Laet, Fry, Kalas, De Pena, Forshaw, De Sart, Stuani, Kike Sola, Nugent. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: D W W L W (10 points)Home: W W W L W (12 points)Middlesbrough total: W L L W L (6 points)Away: L L L W D (4 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 10; Chery 8; Phillips 7, Polter 7; Hoilett 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 5; Onuoha 3; Angella 1, Fer 1, Hill 1, Tozser 1.Middlesbrough: Stuani 12; Adomah 7, Nugent 7; Fabbrini 5; Kike 4; Downing 3, Leadbitter 3, Ramirez 3; Ayala 2, Nsue 2; Clayton 1, Forshaw 1, Friend 1, Reach 1, Rhodes 1, Wildschut 1.Last five meetings20 November 2015: Middlesbrough 1 QPR 022 March 2014: Middlesbrough 1 QPR 328 September 2013: QPR 2 Middlesbrough 026 February 2011: Middlesbrough 0 QPR 311 September 2010: QPR 3 Middlesbrough 0QPR 4 wins, Middlesbrough 1 win, 0 drawsSee also:QPR fans encouraged by Washington’s international goalQPR confirm Gladwin’s return for run-inSunderland friendly helped Middlesbrough prepare for QPR, says KarankaMiddlesbrough ‘have to be careful’ at QPR – AdomahQPR v Middlesbrough line-ups: key duo return, Hoilett and Robinson on bench, one Boro changeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Three big questions for the Raiders ahead of cut day

first_imgThe Raiders’ preseason was littered with questions. Every day seemingly brought a new one.Few of them seemed to actually be about football.But with Antonio Brown’s dueling sagas seemingly quelled, the Hard Knocks cameras packing up, and the Canadian field conversion rate (100 to 80, we learned) paid, the Raiders can turn their attention to their Week 1, Monday Night Football showdown with the Broncos at the Coliseum.Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Raiders still have one more preseason game — but if …last_img

Sasol boost for solar energy research

first_imgThe investment forms part of Sasol’s university collaboration project, which builds on the company’s longstanding relationships with leading South African research universities to partner in research and development projects. The solar thermal energy research at Stellenbosch University supports Sasol’s initiative to investigate opportunities in the field of renewable energies and low carbon electricity. The funding is in addition to a R4-million investment by the university on expanding the research facilities and appointing support staff in the solar thermal energy research group, Sasol said in a statement last week. The money will be used to appoint a senior researcher to lead the research effort, and to purchase new equipment for the University’s Solar Roof Laboratory. Renewable energies Research and teaching expertise Investing in universities Training scientists “The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering has a long history of involvement with the South African power generation industry, delivering valuable research results that frequently led to improvements in the efficiency of power stations making it a logical partner for Sasol in researching new energy opportunities,” Sasol said. 11 August 2009 During 2008, Sasol formed a New Energy division to develop business opportunities that would help reduce the company’s greenhouse gas footprint. Stellenbosch University established a Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies in 2007 to implement its postgraduate programme in renewable and sustainable energy studies. Through the collaboration, universities will be able to leverage Sasol’s research resources, while Sasol will be able to complement their own research efforts and capabilities by leveraging academic excellence to assist with the effective execution of research and development projects. “The primary objective of this programme, funded by the South African National Energy Research Institute, is to train scientists and engineers with the required technical expertise to unlock the country’s renewable energy resources, on the one hand, and implement appropriate technology for using sustainable energy, on the other.” “Southern Africa is blessed with some of the best solar radiation in the world, which is why Sasol supports the development of solar energy technologies as a viable renewable energy source for southern Africa within a carbon-constrained future,” Sasol said. Over the last 11 years, the department has focussed on bulk renewable solar power generation. South African petrochemicals group Sasol has announced a R3-million, five-year sponsorship of solar thermal energy research at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. Stellenbosch University has established research and teaching expertise spanning a wide spectrum in renewable energy, and in particular in solar thermal energy. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The corporate climb women locked out of old boys club in misguided

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer is asked whether a male executive should leave the door open when meeting with a woman.A consultant’s longtime male client will only take a meeting with her if someone else is in the room.A public relations executive hears from senior business leaders who say they are shying away from mentoring young women.The revelations relayed to The Canadian Press about being a woman in corporate Canada in recent months offer a glimpse into a male-dominated workforce that is quietly grappling with the unintended consequences of the Me Too movement.The movement emerged late last year following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against film industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and other high profile American businessmen. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have spread to a range of sectors north of the border as well — from politics to theatre to sports — but leaders in corporate Canada has so far been left unscathed.Still, women in business say they are facing a resulting “chilling effect” on their relationships with male colleagues and supervisors.They reported a noticeable decline in invitations to meetings, business trips and dinners — gatherings considered invaluable for career advancement.More importantly, they added, senior executives are increasingly hesitant to mentor female employees.It is a development that poses a threat to women who aim to rise to the highest corporate roles at a time when two-thirds of the companies included on the TSX 60 index of Canada’s largest companies did not include a single woman among top earners last year, according to a Canadian Press analysis.Most of the dozen women who spoke with The Canadian Press were hesitant to discuss the unintended consequences of Me Too because they didn’t want to detract from the progress they hope the movement will make towards improving opportunities for women.They fear the misguided actions of some male leaders could instead reinforce the door to the old boys’ club, further hindering the hard-fought progress made by the few women able to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.Lori McIntosh flew to Miami in early spring to meet with a client of 12 years, only to be told the company no longer allows its executives to take meetings alone, including with her.The founder of business consulting and executive search company Vim and Vixin said she agreed to the new terms because “business is business” and she was determined not to let the policy stand in the way of her company or career.“It is the new reality, but why should having someone in the room with me and the CEO hold me back?”Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners.“Some asked, ‘Should we be having the boardroom door open if it is just me and a female alone in a room?’” Chaudhri said.“Holiday parties were a huge issue too and of course, business travel is big as well because often you are sitting side-by-side 12 to 16 hours a day and you are not just working together, you are eating together, you are staying at the same hotel, consuming alcohol, entertaining clients, it can make for a very intimate scenario.”While Chaudhri has seen some workplaces show concern around how they should be handling business travel or dinners after Me Too, she said many small- and medium-sized workplaces don’t have the resources to formally train workers and managers around handling sexual harassment or office dynamics.Others, she said, simply don’t have the nerve.“Forget about serious misconduct. Employers are still afraid about confronting that person that shows up at 9:05 every day, when they are supposed to be in at nine.”Lisa Kimmel, the Toronto-based president and chief executive officer of public relations and consultancy company Edelman, said she has had conversations with “a number of senior male business leaders in Canada,” who told her they were shying away from providing mentorship to female subordinates “out of fear of what might potentially happen” and in an effort to “reduce their risk profile to zero.”“When I first started hearing this, I had a literal allergic reaction,” Kimmel said.“Once the anger subsided, I realized that I wanted to raise awareness around this issue because if that is the way that they feel, it means it might be a step backwards for (women) in terms of their advancements of their own careers.”To stamp out such repercussions, Kimmel started hosting discussions between men and women in Edelman’s offices, in which employees were encouraged to be honest about their feelings around Me Too and ask questions about what is acceptable.But many women questioned why conversations about drawing a line suddenly need to be had and why boundaries aren’t already clear to some.Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy, worries that focusing on such unintended consequences will prompt people to wonder if the Me Too movement has gone too far.In her opinion, it hasn’t gone far enough.“It is just one more way that even an effort to lead to more liberation and equality has been co-opted,” she said.“It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. As long as you don’t grab someone or proposition them, you can take someone to lunch…It is completely obvious how to be professional.”last_img read more

Chetwynd Fire Department responds to fire at Canfor Sawmill

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to fire Saturday night while the temperature was minus 27.Crews were called to the Canfor Sawmill in Chetwynd just after 11 p.m. February 2, 2019.  The fire was in a portable air compressor at the sawmill.The compressor was quickly extinguished by the fire department.  One employee suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital.  The employee is commended for her quick response.last_img

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBy not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more

Morocco Launches Plan to Reduce Maternal Mortality Improve Maternal and Child

first_imgCasbalanca- According to daily newspaper La Libération, the Moroccan Ministry of Health recently announced the launching of the 2013/2005 action plan aimed at reducing the rate of maternal mortality in nine priority regions. This program is working with a budget of 271 million dollars.This plan, 97% of which was funded by the Ministry, while specialized UN agencies financed the rest, has two key objectives:  the reduction of maternal mortality by 82% and  limiting the number of deaths to 60 deaths per 100,000 live births.This program also aims to reduce the number of deaths of children aged under 5 years to 23 per 1,000 live births. The plan includes measures seeking to positively impact the current situation of maternal and infant mortality and aspires to effectively achieve its development goals by 2015 at the national level.According to  La Libération, the Minister of Health, El Houssaine Louardi, emphasized the need to improve the quality of care related to pregnancy and newborns, the promotion of high-quality pediatric care, the development of an integrated management of child health and the strengthening of the national immunization program, as well as monitoring and evaluating these measures at the regional level.According to the same source, the minister stated that a special committee set up at the central level, as well as regional commissions in the new targeted areas will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the measures included in this plan.The minister also noted that nine regions were selected based on a survey on population and health conducted in 2011. This survey unveiled malfunctions in medical coverage and maternal and child health.The minister explained that the launch of this plan is part of serious efforts to achieve the fourth and fifth objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and help the kingdom meet international standards in the field of maternal and child health.last_img read more